SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentJunior Class of Department of Arabic Language and Culture Senior Class of Department of Arabic Language and Culture
Course NameTopics on Conflicts of the Middle East
InstructorCHANG CHING-AN
Credit2.0
Course TypeElective
PrerequisiteTopics on Conflicts of the Middle East
Course Objective
Course Description
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週次



Week



課程主題



Topic



課程內容與指定閱讀



Content and Reading Assignment



教學活動與作業



Teaching Activities and Homework



學習投入時間



Student workload expectation



課堂講授



In-class Hours



課程前後



Outside-of-class Hours



Issues of conflicts



1 (2/19)



Reviewing


 

Review the students’ final essays from the first semester



2



4



2 (2/26)



Sectarian conflict (1)




  1. Fanar Haddad, Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011 (Ch. 2).

  2. Geneive Abdo, The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 (Intro.).

  3. Aaron Reese, Sectarian and Regional Conflict in the Middle East, Institute for the Study of War (2013).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



3 (3/4)



Sectarian conflict (2)




  1. Milton-Edwards and Hinchcliffe, P. (2001) Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945, New York: Routledge (Ch. 5).

  2. Abdo, The New Sectarianism (Ch. 5).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



4 (3/11)



Ethnic conflict




  1. Leonard Binder, Ethnic Conflict and International Politics in the Middle, University Press of Florida (1999) (Intro.)

  2. David Romano and Gurses, M. ed., Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East Turkey Iran Iraq and Syria, New York: Palgrave macmillan, 2014 (Ch. 1-4)




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



5 (3/18)



Resource conflict




  1. Toby Craig Jones, America, Oil, and War in the Middle East, The Journal of American History, 99:1 (2012).

  2. Christine Drake, Water Resource Conflicts in the Middle East, Journal of Geography, 96:1 (1997).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



6 (3/25)



Social conflict




  1. Asef Bayat, Life as Politis: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East, Stanford: Stanford University Press, (2010) (Ch. 4).

  2. Bernard Lewis, What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2002) (Ch. 3).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



7 (4/1)



Palestine-Israel




  1. Edwards and Hinchcliffe, P. Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945 (Ch. 2).

  2. Norman Finkelstein, Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, London: VERSO, 2003 (Ch. 7)




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



8 (4/8)



Midterm



none



Exam.


   

Arab Spring



9 (4/15)



Arab Spring (1)




  1. Larbi Sadiki ed., Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization, London: Routledge, 2015 (Ch. 5-6).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



10 (4/22)



Arab Spring (2)




  1. Sadiki ed., Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring (Ch. 9, 11, 12).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



11 (4/29)



Arab Spring (3)




  1. Sadiki ed., Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring (Ch. 13, 16, 23).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



Development and impact of the conflict



12 (5/6)



Alliance




  1. Jason E. Strakes, Arab and Non-Arab Tribes as State-Like Entities: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns in the Historic and Contemporary Middle East, The Journal of the Middle East and Africa, 2:2 (2011).

  2. Jubin M. Goodarzi, Syria and Iran: Diplomatic Alliance and Power Politics in the Middle East, London: TAURIS Academic Studies, 2006 (Ch. 1).




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  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



13 (5/13)



External interference




  1. Edwards and Hinchcliffe, P. Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945 (Ch. 3).

  2. Bassam Tibi, Conflict and War in the Middle East: From Intersate War to New Security, London: Palgaver Macmillan 1998 (Ch. 6).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



14 (5/20)



Democracy and peace?




  1. Amin Saikal and Schnabel, A., Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences, struggles, challenges, Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2003 (Ch. 1-2).




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  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



15 (5/27)



Extremism




  1. Mahmood Mamdani, Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism, American Anthropologist, 104:3 (2002).

  2. Edwards and Hinchcliffe, P. Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945 (Ch. 4).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



16 (6/3)



War on terror




  1. Charles P. Webel, Terror, Terrorism, and the Human Condition, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 (Ch. 1).

  2. Jeffrey Michaels, The discourse trap and the US military: from the war on terror to the surge, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (Ch. 2).




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  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



17 (6/10)



Forced migration




  1. Akm Ahsan Ullah, Refugee politics in the Middle East and North Africa Human Rights, Safety, and Identity, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (Ch. 2).




  1. preview

  2. lecture

  3. seminar



2



4



18 (6/17)



Essay



none



The students should hand in their essay this week.


   


 


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading


  1. Midterm exam (20%)




  2. Participation in seminar (30%).




  3. A 2000 words essay related to the Middle East conflict (35%).




  4. Group presentation (10%).




  5. Attendenance (5%)




  6. Plagiarism will be given zero marks for the course.




  7. If the exam is not taken on the day of the exam, the student will receive only 80% of the result achieved.




Textbook & Reference

  1. Abdo, G. (2017) The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  2. Bayat, A. (2010) Life as Politis: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East, Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  3. Binder, L. (1999) Ethnic Conflict and International Politics in the Middle, University Press of Florida.

  4. Drake, C. (1997) Water Resource Conflicts in the Middle East, Journal of Geography, 96:1.

  5. Finkelstein, N. (2003) Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, London: VERSO.

  6. Goodarzi, J.M. (2006) Syria and Iran: Diplomatic Alliance and Power Politics in the Middle East, London: TAURIS Academic Studies.

  7. Haddad, F. (2011) Sectarianism in Iraq: Antagonistic Visions of Unity, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  8. Jones, T.C. (2012) America, Oil, and War in the Middle East, The Journal of American History, 99:1.

  9. Lewis, B. (2002) What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  10. Mamdani, M. (2002) Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism, American Anthropologist, 104:3.

  11. Michaels, J. (2013) The discourse trap and the US military: from the war on terror to the surge, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  12. Milton-Edwards and Hinchcliffe, P. (2001) Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945, New York: Routledge.

  13. Reese, A. (2013) Sectarian and Regional Conflict in the Middle East, Institute for the Study of War.

  14. Romano, D. and Gurses, M. ed. (2014) Conflict, Democratization, and the Kurds in the Middle East Turkey Iran Iraq and Syria, New York: Palgrave macmillan.

  15. Sadiki, L. ed. (2015) Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratization, London: Routledge.

  16. Saikal, A. and Schnabel, A. (2003) Democratization in the Middle East: Experiences, struggles, challenges, Tokyo: United Nations University Press.

  17. Strakes, J.E. (2011) Arab and Non-Arab Tribes as State-Like Entities: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns in the Historic and Contemporary Middle East, The Journal of the Middle East and Africa, 2:2.

  18. Tibi, B. (1998) Conflict and War in the Middle East: From Intersate War to New Security, London: Palgaver Macmillan.

  19. Ullah, A.A. (2014) Refugee politics in the Middle East and North Africa Human Rights, Safety, and Identity, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  20. Webel, C.P. (2004) Terror, Terrorism, and the Human Condition, London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Urls about Course
1. Aljazeera, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2007/09/200852519252884626.html 2. Crisis Group, https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa 3. Global Issues, www.globalissues.org/article/119/the-middle-east-conflict-a-brief-background 4. Independent, https://www.independent.co.uk/topic/middle-east-conflict
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